OAR e-Newsletter June 2016 e-News
June 2016


Debra Gisriel

Real estate is a profession!

Are you a professional? Our profession has recently come under scrutiny for our lack of professionalism, and I personally find that unacceptable and want to reach out to every single member of our Association and set forth the challenge to change that perception of our industry. The recent published report by NAR, the D.A.N.G.E.R report, clearly states that the biggest danger facing our industry is ourselves - lack of experience, education, and unethical behavior.


As your 2016 OAR President, one of my top priorities is professional development. The OAR educational compenent of professional development has made tremendous strides by offering timely and relevant education classes both live and through webinars. Our new and improved GRI program is accessible, relevant, and expanding all over the state, thanks to the hard work and passion of the OAR Professional Development Committee and OAR staff. But we still have lots of work to do collectively as an industry to raise that bar of professionalism. A few basic things that we as individual REALTORS® can do to raise that bar are:

  • Know and abide by the Code of Ethics;

  • Adhere to the “Golden Rule”;

  • Always put your clients' interests first;

  • Have a professional demeanor and appearance at all times;

  • Communicate clearly and timely; and

  • Always treat your fellow REALTORS® with respect.

We are all in this together. So in our own best interest, the best interest of our clients, and
the best interest of the public, I encourage each of us to “RAISE THE BAR”.


Help First-Time Homebuyers – Tell the U.S. Senate to Act!

More Condos and Rural Housing Opportunities On-The-Line!

As Oregon’s housing crisis plays out, the United States Senate is missing an opportunity to improve housing markets across the country, and we need your help to tell them to get to work and make homeownership a priority!


Take action now to urge your Senators to pass H.R. 3700, the “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016” - a bill that makes needed reforms to the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) condominium loan program, federal-assisted housing programs, and Rural Housing Service loan programs.

call for action

H.R. 3700 is a big deal for first time home buyers, low-income, rural Oregonians, and people looking to purchase a condo in the city as well. The House of Representatives passed the bill unanimously (if you can believe it, 427-0) and it has been sitting in the Senate for some time. It's time to move the bill! Here’s how you can help!

  1. Take action now by telling our Senators to advocate for passage of the bill in the Senate. It only takes two clicks.

  2. Share our post on Facebook with your social networks. Let your friends and clients know that Oregon REALTORS® are working for their future housing opportunities.

If you want to be the first to respond to a Call for Action (CFA), remember to sign up on the REALTOR® Action Center. Get notifications by text if you like. It’s simple, fast and effective! Our goal is to hit 20-percent of our membership responding to the CFA. We did it last time; let’s do it again!


Election Results 

The RPAC Trustees invested and guided many strategic campaigns for the May 17 Oregon primary election. By volume, the majority of our election campaigns were designed to assist incumbent REALTOR® Champions achieve the nomination of the Oregon Independent Party.


On Monday, June 13, the results of the hand-counted ballots were finally received by Oregon’s Secretary of State. All of the candidates we financially supported for this effort where successful! Congratulations to:  

  • Rep. John Huffman (HD 59 – The Dalles)

  • Rep. Knute Buehler (HD 54 – Bend)

  • Rep. Mark Johnson (HD 52 – Hood River)

  • Rep. John Lively (HD 12 – Springfield)

  • Rep. Andy Olson (HD 15 – Albany)

  • Rep. Jodi Hack (19 – Salem)

Our Land. Our Voice: Owyhee Canyon Lands Update

In March, the Oregon Association of REALTORS® joined in opposition to the designation of the Owyhee Canyon Lands as a national monument without local input and a vote of Congress.


Through an application from the Four Rivers Association, we provided $50,000 to the opposition campaign from the OAR Issues Mobilization Fund. This seed money helped leverage additional resources from the area with a target budget of over $300,000.


During the National Association of REALTORS® Legislative Meetings in D.C. last month, our Oregon REALTORS® were able to express our concerns over the process and economic harm that would occur in Eastern Oregon if President Obama signs an executive order, unilaterally designating the area with a stroke of a pen, as he exits the office at the end of the year.


REALTOR® leadership on this issue resulted in an invitation to Representative Clem’s Committee on Rural Communities, Land Use and Water. President-Elect George Grabenhorst testified on our behalf regarding our position.


To join the coalition in opposition please visit Our Land. Our Voice. and sign the petition.

Knute Bueller Maller


Q&A: Disclosing Unanticipated Material Facts

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Win a Trip to CO Just for Being YOU…Beyond Being a REALTOR®!

Welcome to Colorado

REAL Trends knows that real estate professionals have lives that are about more than contracts, open houses, and virtual tours. There’s a whole secret world that we want to uncover! Perhaps you moonlight as a guitarist in an AC/DC cover band (Angus Young, anyone?), or you were a guitarist in a top band. Perhaps you have a coveted spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest motorcycle ride by a team. Yes, a real estate professional really does hold that record!

If you’ve got an interesting, dangerous, funny, compassionate or crazy passion or hobby outside of real estate, REAL Trends wants to know all about it. Submit your story by June 30, 2016. The winner will receive an all-expenses paid vacation to beautiful mile-high Denver, Colorado (home of the corporate office of REAL Trends), including airfare for up to four round-trip coach tickets, one hotel room for up to four nights, four tickets to some of Denver’s top tourist attractions (winner will choose two attractions from a provided list), a gift card to a premier local restaurant, and four Denver Broncos NFL shirts. ENTER NOW ».


New REALTOR® Emojis Now Available


The California Association of REALTORS® has created a cool new tool which they’ve been kind enough to share with the rest of the REALTOR® family: REALTOR® emojis! With so many more people communicating via text and social media, this is the perfect way to “show your R” with the first-ever REALTOR®-centric emoji keyboard available to download to your smartphone. C.A.R. created an emoji keyboard specifically for REALTORS®. The app, CARmojis, contains more than 30 emojis including a super REALTOR®, an open house sign, stainless steel appliances, fireplace, swimming pool, keys, a bottle of champagne, and many more. READ MORE »


Jun. Real Trends Newsletter

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As one of your member benefits, OAR subscribes to Real Trends and passes this valuable information on to you. This month’s newsletter includes articles on a new way to look at Zillow and realtor.com, how to draft ideal team players, calculating the lifetime value of a lead, and a look back at the April market trends reportREAD MORE » 


Are you ready to CRUSH IT?!

OAR Fall Convention

The 2016 OAR Convention returns to Sunriver this Sept. 28 – 30. Don't miss this opportunity to secure your spot for:

  • Lots of high value education (most qualifying for CE!) covering legal and business issues, risk management, and inspirational topics

  • Fantastic national and local speakers

  • Presidential Installation banquet & Distinguished Service Award luncheon 

  • Ongoing socialization and networking opportunities with statewide colleagues

  • 30+ vendor trade show with raffle prizes, lunch and a happy hour dine-around included

Come early for the Fall Governance Meetings (Sept. 27 – 28) and stick around for all the future focus and fun of the Convention itself! Space is limited (especially housing)! READ MORE & REGISTER » 


NAR Director Reports: Mid-Year Meetings

2016 Mid-Year Meetings

A group of your fellow members represented you and Oregon at the NAR Mid-Year Meetings in Washington DC last month. They are your NAR Directors and are members of the NAR Board of Directors. Since they travel at the expense of the Association, they are each responsible for reporting back on their time at the conferences. CLICK HERE to see what information they brought back to share this time. *Any reports not yet available will be distributed in the July e-News.


Registration Now Open for the NAR Conference & Trade Expo

2016 NAR Conference

At the 2016 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando, you'll find all the professional education and personal empowerment needed to take your real estate career to the next level. You'll hear from industry experts at 100 education sessions, get hands-on experience with the latest technologies from 400 exhibitors and learn about the future of the real estate industry from the very people who are helping to shape it. LEARN MORE & REGISTER »


Classes Coming Your Way

Check out the graphic below for our upcoming courses or head to the web calendar that includes OAR education and other Association-offered or related classes that we’re aware of. Don’t forget about our partnership with The CE Shop where you can get a monthly online CE discount for education at your fingertips when you need it. This month you can SAVE 20%!

Don't Forget

Don't forget! If you take a course for continuing education credit hours, it is your responsibility as a real estate licensee to ensure the course provider of each course is a Certified CE Provider through the Oregon Real Estate Agency. Make sure you follow the Agency's CE Requirements so you don't come up short on hours when you renew your license.

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You don't want to miss these!!

  • Driving it HOME Golf Tournament – Jul. 21 (Langdon Farms, Aurora) SOLD OUT!

  • Taste of Portland – Sept. 8 (The Castaway, Portland) REGISTER ONLINE »

  • OAR Convention - Sept. 27 – 30 (Sunriver Resort, Sunriver) REGISTER ONLINE »

  • NAR Conference & Expo – Nov. 2 – 7 (Orlando, FL) REGISTER ONLINE »


Columbia Employee Store Passes for Real Estate Industry Days!

Columbia Sportswear Company will be opening their Employee Store in Beaverton to real estate professionals the first Wednesday of each month starting July 6th through the end of 2016. The store will be open from 10 am – 7 pm for you to shop at the exclusive employee store at discounted pricing.  Columbia Sportswear Company is a portfolio of brands including Columbia, Mountain Hardwear, Montrail, Sorel, and prAna.  Shopping at the Employee Store will allow you access to products from multiple brands to keep you comfortable and enjoying the outdoors.  Not only can you as professionals traversing the weather here in Oregon use these products, but Columbia products and gift cards make great closing gifts. READ MORE » 
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Congratulations, Graduates!

Graduation season is upon us and REALTORS® are no exception. Congratulations to the 2016 graduating class of the Oregon Leadership Academy! It was the culmination of a four-month, three-session training and development program held in locations across the state. Through the program, the Association identifies emerging REALTOR® leaders, motivates them, and sharpens their leadership skills. Following completion, the Association expects graduates to exert a strong, positive influence on the future of the Association and the real estate profession. Look out for these up-and-comers in future leadership positions for your industry!
2016 OLA Graduates 
2016 OLA Graduates' Names



Thank you to the continued generosity of these fantastic sponsors who step up to support REALTOR® events and causes year after year.  Some are sponsors of our 2016 Taste of Portland supporting the HOME Foundation and others are sponsors of the 2016 OAR Convention at Sunriver this September. You know they bring the fun! So, save the dates and plan on being at this can’t miss industry party and education/networking event. Please honor their allegiance to your Association by considering them for your business needs.
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